Cities Ready for Energy Crises - Building Urban energy Resilience

Andy van den Dobblesteen, Greg Keeffe, Nico Tillie

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    Abstract

    Various sources indicate that threats to modern cities lie in the availability of essential streams, among which energy. Most cities are strongly reliant on fossil fuels; not one case of a fully self-sufficient city is known. Engineering resilience is the rate at which a system returns to a single steady or cyclic state following a perturbation. Certain resilience, for the duration of a crisis, would improve the urban capability to survive such a period without drastic measures.
    The capability of cities to prepare for and respond to energy crises in the near future is supported by greater or temporary self-sufficiency. The objective of the underlying research is a model for a city – including its surrounding rural area – that can sustain energy crises. Therefore, accurate monitoring of the current urban metabolism is needed for the use of energy. This can be used to pinpoint problem areas. Furthermore, a sustainable energy system is needed, in which the cycle is better closed. This will require a three-stepped approach of energy savings, energy exchange and sustainable energy generation. Essential is the capacity to store energy surpluses for periods of shortage (crises).
    The paper discusses the need for resilient cities and the approach to make cities resilient to energy crises.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEmerging Economies
    Subtitle of host publicationSASBE 2012
    EditorsVanessa Gomes, Maristela Gomes da Silva
    Place of PublicationBrazil
    Pages120-128
    Number of pages8
    Volume1
    Edition1
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2012

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    van den Dobblesteen, A., Keeffe, G., & Tillie, N. (2012). Cities Ready for Energy Crises - Building Urban energy Resilience. In V. Gomes, & M. Gomes da Silva (Eds.), Emerging Economies: SASBE 2012 (1 ed., Vol. 1, pp. 120-128).